ataraxia

[at-uh-rak-see-uh]

noun

a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.

Also at·a·rax·y [at-uh-rak-see] /ˈæt əˌræk si/.

Origin of ataraxia

1595–1605; < Latin < Greek: calmness, equivalent to atarák(tos) unmoved (a- a-6 + tarak-, variant stem of tarássein to disturb + -tos verbid suffix) + -s(is) -sis + -ia -ia
Related formsat·a·rac·tic [at-uh-rak-tik] /ˌæt əˈræk tɪk/, at·a·rax·ic, adjective, noun
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Related Words for ataractic

sedative, opiate, ataractic

British Dictionary definitions for ataractic

ataractic

ataraxic (ˌætəˈræksɪk)

adjective

able to calm or tranquillize

noun

obsolete an ataractic drug

ataraxia

ataraxy (ˈætəˌræksɪ)

noun

calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity

Word Origin for ataraxia

C17: from Greek: serenity, from ataraktos undisturbed, from a-1 1 + tarassein to trouble
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Word Origin and History for ataractic
adj.

1941, from Greek ataraktos "not disturbed" (see ataraxia) + -ic.

ataraxia

n.

also Englished as ataraxy, "calmness, impassivity," c.1600, from Modern Latin, from Greek ataraxia "impassiveness," from a-, privative prefix, + tarassein (Attic tarattein) "to disturb, confuse," from PIE root *dher- "to make muddy, darken."

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